VirtualJamestown Amy Wilson CI 540 Summer 2010
Lesson • Every year when we study Jamestown, I am uncertain whether my students understand the difficulty the English settlers faced when they arrived on the shore of the United States to establish the settlement of Jamestown.
Pre-Assessment • As an anticipation guide, I will be assessing what the students already know about the Jamestown settlement. • We will complete the Jamestown Multiple Choice before we begin any sort of reading.
Virtual/Interactive Field Trips • Before we read about Jamestown from our textbook, we will complete Jamestown Online Adventure. • In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians. • You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony:Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!
Videos Continued The Jamestown Colony Retrieved from YouTube Students will watch the short video to help students create further connections.
Readings • Harcourt Social Studies: The United States (Grade 5 Textbook) • Chapter 5: Building the First Colonies • Lesson 2: The Virginia Colony • Additional Resources from Harcourt • Jamestown 1607 • DOL • Baseball Question
Assessment • After we have finished our readings, we will again complete Jamestown Multiple Choice . • This could assess students’ growth of knowledge from the beginning of the topic till the end.
Resources • Allen, J. (2004). Tools for teaching content Literacy. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers. • Combs, M. (2003). Readers and writers in the middle school. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. • Harcourt Social Studies: Grade 5 – Additional Resources http://www.harcourtschool.com/ss1/Grade5/g5b/02_04lesson02.html • Jamestown Online Adventure http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/ • Kids.LibraryPoint http://kids.librarypoint.org/colonial_virginia • Life in Colonial England http://www.localhistories.org/colonial.html • Tovani, C. (2004). Do I really have to teach reading? Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers. • Walker, N. & et al. (2010). When textbooks fall short. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann